In Reply to: Very disappointing posted by Geo on November 08, 2000 at 08:59:08:
I think that was part of it, but there is some confusion about the Neon and the Integra Type-R also, and the Boxster-S.
And others have been complaining about HS, but that is probably a moot point (everytime a new car falls down to HS, they complain).
I think they had to wait. Too many suprises at Nationals this year.
In good news, TC Kline did very well in a Z3 in ASP, in a car he "built" at the last minute at the site. So there is hope. And this is a class with Vipers in it! Wow. Of course, he's good (he finished 2nd at the Runoffs in the rain in a Z3 1.9 against the Miatas).
The 1.9 just can't quite keep up with the Miata's and MR2's in an autocross. Too much empty air around the engine bay means a whole lot of extra weight. The Z3 was a car built for looks. The Miata was built for handling, first and formost (and so was the MR2, as it doesn't even have a trunk). That said, there is no way that the Z3 can go into CS, it would be much more expensive then those cars, and probably faster (a bad combination). The 1.9 does ok at the local level, just national competition doesn't quite cut it. I may drive mine at Nationals next year anyway, just for the experience. I won't win, but I'm not a good enough driver to win in a Miata anyway, so why not? I'll put something appropriate in the sponsor line so everyone knows it is the driver, not the car.
The 2.8/3.0 and M versions are not the only car with problems in the SS/AS classes. That's why they feel they need 3 classes, because their are way to many "sports" cars outclassed. With three, they can get many more cars to be competitive, including the Z3's. Too many cars just came into the sport, however, that they really felt they needed more data to determine a fair split. Fair enough.
If you want to win, go buy a used 325is or an older 318. Both cars did very well indeed in stock last year.
-Guy (who does have a 91 318is that needs work but might be able to win eventually).